UPLB is now preparing to undergo an on-site institutional assessment by the European Union Support for Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU-SHARE) on Feb 5-6. The assessment is part of the University’s thrusts towards becoming an internationally recognized competitive research and graduate university.
The assessment is expected to help enhance the capacity of the University in taking charge of its internal quality assurance system by identifying points and recommendations for development. This is in line with EU SHARE’s aim to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality, competitiveness, and internationalization of ASEAN higher education institutions and students.
UPLB is the first UP campus and the only public university in the Philippines to undergo the assessment. In preparation for the event, UPLB conducted the “Higher Education Assessment for Relevance, Towards Sustained Institutional Excellence: An Orientation” (HEARTS) seminar among administrative and academic unit heads in June 7 to 8, 2017. The seminar stressed the importance of institutional quality assessment and was also a preparation for UPLB’s self-assessment report which will be the basis for the EU SHARE on-site visit.
UPLB will be evaluated in a series of interviews with its faculty, personnel, officials, students, and alumni. The EU SHARE assessors for UPLB are Dr. Agus Setiabudi, from the Indonesia University of Education; Dr. Jacques Lanares, vice rector of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland; Dr. Chavalit Wongse-ek from Mahidol University; and Dr. Oliver Vettori from Vienna University of Economics and Business. (JJSArana)